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There’s life in the Inner West! What do the stars hold for you this year? FREE Issue 298 | January 20th 2017 WIN! FREE TIX: Perfect Strangers Gold Short + Sweet The man behind John Boyega’s haircut Making History Creatives using culture to change their industries


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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Hail Little Ceasars - Council couplings not far off - Arise St George of Erko l The news that all-American fastfood import ‘Little Ceasars Pizzeria’ is taking up space on Leichardt’s foodie throughfare of Marion Street has already got our arterial fat deposits curdling. In the US Little Ceasars is a big thing, the third-biggest pizza chain and also the cheapest. A pepperoni pizza will set you back $7.95 – and more than a day’s worth of kilojoules. Could this present killer competition to the drunk-dinner options along the 438 bus route? Stanmore Maccas and Norton St kebabs look out! l The chance to respond to a State Government report on merging Strathfield, Canada Bay and Burwood Councils has now ended. An initial report supporting the merger was scrapped last year when Strathfield Council challenged the Office of Local Government’s findings, stopping a forced merger going ahead. The new report, which was charged with addressing geographic cohesion and community interests, while dated September 2016, was only made public on December 21st, giving councils and residents only a month to respond. A request to extend the submission window was denied. If the report is validated in court, 2017 could be the undoing of three quite different councils – united by significant projected population growth in the next two decades. Will there really be just 12 councillors to rule them all?! l Local musicians Paul Mac and Johnny Seymour commissioned a 20-foot mural of their friend George Michael on the side of their residence on Concord St, Erskineville. It’s also visible from the Illawarra train line. The artist, Scottie Marsh, (who also painted the famous ‘Casino Mike’ mural off Australia Street) named the portrait ‘St. George’, the patron saint of Sydney’s LGBTQ community. He is shown calmly smiling with a joint and a bottle of amyl in hand, replete with a glowing rainbow halo. LOCAL history Victoria Park, on the corner of Parramatta and City Road, is the location for the upcoming Yabun Festival, the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. During the Sydney 2000 Olympics an Aboriginal Tent Embassy was established in the park to draw attention towards the push for recognition. It remained in place until it was packed up in 2004. Nowadays, a sign in the park acknowledges the Indigenous significance of the location and acts as an acknowledgement of country, as well as wishing visitors a ‘good day’ – bujari gamarruwa – in Gadigal language. (The Gadigal people of the Eora nation are the traditional owners of the land.) You’re standing on solid rock Satire for the soul When are this nation’s Angry White Men going to get off their lackadaisical arses and dire up? Dear LL – What is it with Australia’s apathetic bluecollar males? Their counterparts elsewhere in the world are burnishing flaming torches, harassing minorities, electing sinister ethno-nationalists and generally behaving like the atavistic fascists we all know them to be deep down. Which at least has the upside of allowing members of the intelligentsia in places such as the US and UK to perceive themselves as noble Dietrich Bonhoeffer types; dissidents heroically attempting to stop their societies degenerating into the kind of hellholes where 18C-style legislation might be repealed. Yet here in sleepy old Australia, I can still walk down the street with almost no chance of being surrounded by a mob of ocker tradies crowing that they’re “taking their country back” while ripping the beret from my head and insisting I sing Waltzing Matilda to prove my patriotism. I must ask: am I the only one enraged by the lack of reactionary backlash the Antipodean prole has managed to muster? Paul, Petersham LL replies: Tell me about it, Paul! Do you think it’s easy being the leading progressive commentator in a nation where the conservative PM won’t even back up a member of his team when he states all teachers are shameless bludgers? Do you think I don’t long for the day when this stable democracy careens into Weimarlevel fissiparousness? Even more gallingly, it seems even Australia’s oppressed minorities can’t show the initiative of their foreign counterparts and manufacture some hate crime hoaxes in the absence of any more authentic outrages. It appears the only hope for an ugly populist uprising down under lies in an armada of Syrian boatpeople descending, the new health minister outlawing McDonalds and Summernats forcing attendees to take part in feminist-consciousness-raising workshops. Fingers crossed! n Email your dilemma to Things we love: WE ARE C!AO ADVERTISING Sarah Shepherd EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney FOOD Melissa Leong WINE Winsor Dobbin ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter REPORTER Maani Truu Take a load off A Ciao reader running along Hen and Chicken Bay in Five Dock was tempted to stop, snap a pic and sit on these beautiful Rococo arm chairs left by the bay with water views. We don’t know who generously donated the twin chairs to the general public, but they sure know how to set a spectacular scene. Need a romantic picnic spot or a secret reading location? Swing by Five Dock and see if these amorous armchairs are still open for business. C!ao’s voice In • Turkish towels: compact, easy to dry and oh-so chic • Your friend with a pool  • Glebe singer and FBi award winner, Julia Jacklin • Everything Eighties  • Moisturiser with SPF  • The new pathway linking Henry Lawson park to Hen & Chicken Bay • Retro Tupperware  Out • Mr Untouchable: Michael Bruce “Mike” Baird • Bra tops, tops that are bras, bras that are tops • Going back to work (or worse, not having a break from work!) • Constantly losing your re-usable water bottle! • Flying cockroaches in your boudoir PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Olivia Mackay, Russell Edwards, Lucia Moon, Melissa Leong, Winsor Dobbin and Maria Zarro. Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 (02) 9518 3696. 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Twins Tahlia and Aisha Bowie model modest fashion designer Amalina Aman’s collection paying homage to her cultural roots. See feature on p.10 Image: Ben Cregan C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 2


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Community Life ROAD TEST Aboriginal art n Phoebe Moloney Purchasing an artwork is one way to start learning about Indigenous traditional and contemporart arts, as well as some of the most influential artists living in Australia (and in Sydney's Inner West) today. Local galleries have so much to offer. RANT What will be Baird’s legacy for Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative the Inner West? Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative was established in 1987, and stands as the most significant gallery in the Inner West with member artists including the internationally renowned Euphemia Bostock, Fiona Foley, Tracey Moffatt, Blak Douglas and Bronwyn Bancroft. The co-operative was founded to challenge misconceptions about urban-based Aboriginal artists, and has had massive ripple effects into Australian contemporary art. The gallery is Aboriginal run, promoting artists whose language groups exist in NSW boundaries. Boomalli hosts frequent exhibitions and is open 11am -4pm Wednesday to Sunday. 55 - 59 Flood Street, Leichhardt; Tali Gallery Tali Gallery runs through the Art Centre model, sourcing pieces from 25 Aboriginal-owned art centres around Australia, as well as local Aboriginal artists who the gallery represents. Tali Gallery ensures the ethical sourcing and fair payment of royalties to artists and is also involved in Indigenous Scholarship and Indigenous Literacy Foundation fundraising. They won the Pauline McLeod Reconciliation Award in 2013. The gallery has paintings, prints, and affordable craft and gifts. Open from 11-6 Tuesday to Friday; 10.30am-4pm Saturdays. 134 Victoria Road, Rozelle; Don't know much about art? Get reading Jeffrey Samuels' 'The Cube Invisible and Triangle' at Boomalli Mulapa Aboriginal Art Judi Muller of Balmain decided to have a change of career, setting up a gallery in her home after visiting Aboriginal artists in the western and central deserts of Australia. Mulapa means “really” or “true” in Pitjantjatjara, a language commonly spoken in this region. Mulapa features the works of artists who are part of Aboriginalowned art centres in Alice Springs, Utopia, Papunya Tula and Warlukurlangu and some works from private dealers. Rather than visiting a gallery, Mulapa encourages those interested in purchasing art to ‘try-on’ pieces in their own home. Mulapa also hosts ‘Arty Parties’ for groups interested in Aboriginal art. Email: Oz Aboriginal Oz Aboriginal offers original fine art pieces as well as a range of giftware, fashion items and homewares printed with Aboriginal art (with licensing agreements to ensure the original artist receives royalties). Working with 15 art centres and local artists, Oz Aboriginal’s line of products all include labeling that identifies the artist, location as well as an explanation of the items’ story. Aadil Jan, one of Oz Aboriginal directors, has set up a Cross Cultural fair trade project between Kashmiri and Aboriginal artists to create a unique line of homeware and giftware. You can visit Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm or shop online. 222 Georges River Road, Croydon Park; Images: Sharon Hickey, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative Change is bad news for a politician. The guy responsible for all those cranes you see on the skyline really should have stuck to the Bob Carr formula – and done nothing. Baird could have retired a legend instead of “the vandal”, the most hated man in the Inner West. WestConnex protestors were quick to claim his scalp. Within minutes of his announcement last Thursday, an ecstatic Greens MP for Newtown Jenny Leong high tailed it down to the Euston Rd protest site to celebrate. She posted a video announcing that “this toxic tollway” had “relegated Baird to political history.” Likewise The WestConnex Action Group (WAG) excitedly pronounced “Baird Bulldozed” and “called on the new Premier to immediately halt the project. Now don’t get too excited... None of Baird’s successors will change anything, not now that the man who took all the heat has gone. Nor will Labor. On the WestConnex Luke Foley has only ever uttered the opportunistic claptrap and the slippery evasions politicians everywhere are famous for. Anyway, it’s hardly fair that something that actually pre-dated his time as Premier is what Baird will most be remembered for. Late last year he announced something way more significant – an extension of the Sydney Metro – the West Metro to Parramatta. But no one even noticed. Details of its route haven’t been announced, but it was stated that it’s going to the Bays Precinct and the Olympic Park Corridor – so smack through the Inner West. Super fast, regular trains (every four minutes in the peak), just turn up and go …Fantastic news, right? Especially for the Baird-haters who have been demanding public transport. Treading Lightly There’s been another merger between our local councils, but this time, it’s a joint effort to deliver a series of free workshops and events aimed to help Inner West residents tread a little lighter on the environment. The collaborative project is managed by Burwood Council, City of Canada Bay, Inner West Council and Strathfield Council, catering specifically for residents. There is a long list of exciting events such as cooking classes using veggies from your garden, a beehive crawl or compost and worm farming workshops. It’s important to remember that spots fill up quick and registrations open approximately four weeks in advance of each event. Running frequently throughout the year and in various locations across the Inner West, there is bound to be a workshop that interests everyone, with many of the events catering to children. You may even tick off a pesky New Years resolution. Ciao’s top pick is a No Dig Gardens workshop; hopefully 2017 is the year we finally manage to get that balcony garden we have always dreamed of! n For further information or to see the full list of upcoming workshops contact your local council or visit their website. What’s on n Compiled by Maani Truu. Email Community FREEevents listings are Now - 19 Mar, 7.30pm Short + Sweet Festival The biggest little theatre festival in the world is hitting the Inner West. Running until March, each week is a totally different program, which means new writers, directors and cast. But what makes the festival so ‘little’? Each individual performance of theatre, dance, cabaret and comedy is delivered in tasty, ten-minute bites; a format that has now spread across the globe. Ciao has one double pass to Week 4 of Short + Sweet, February 1-5, featuring eleven incredible acts, to give away. Simply email info@ with your Jan 19 – 22 name, location and where you picked up your copy of Ciao to go in the running. For further information and the full program visit The NOW Now Festival 2017 Step aside heavily produced, cookiecutter festival gigs, here is something different. And more exciting. NOW Now is the annual festival of improvised, Where: The Depot Theatre, 142 spontaneous and experimental music Addison Rd, Marrickville and is back for its 16th year in a row. Aside from showcasing some seriously diverse and creative talent, including musicians, dancers, sound artists and other inspired creative types, the festival Got a tenner? WIN is entirely artist powered, which means your ticket price will go directly back TIFCRKEEETS into the creation of more incredible works. Running over three nights, Well, no. Jenny’s party and the WestConnex protestors did notice, but they don’t want a metro either. Their position is confusing and frankly – hard to believe, but in a local newspaper late last year, Peter Hehr, convenor of RAW (Rozelle Against WestConnex) helpfully spelt out why they will fight it too. He claimed that it is “likely to be owned by a private consortium " and therefore "isn’t really public transport.” They’re dead wrong. It may well be operated privately but like the Sydney Metro, it will be built, owned and regulated by the NSW government. They will set its Opal fares too. The light rail, all the ferries and most of Sydney's outer suburban buses already run this way. But could it be that our protestors are not the plucky, free-thinking 70s style radicals they see themselves as at all, but plain old cranky, get-off-my-patch conservatives? Well, they don’t have to use the metro Baird built. Most of them have a car, an Uber or GoGet account. They can always use the WestConnex. n Russell Edwards tickets can be purchased per night or as a full-festival pass. Tickets are $20 or $60 for a festival pass. Visit Where: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern Tues 24 Jan, 10am-12pm Reuse Workshop New year… new sustainability goals? Involve the whole family in environmentally friendly practices by bringing the kids along to City of Canada Bay’s Reuse Matters workshop, where they will learn to create mosaic art using only upcycled materials. Taught by an artist, it will allow children to explore their creativity Visit Where: Concord Library, 60 Flavelle St, Concord Catch Great Waitress at NOW Now See page 6 for more what's on... 4


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TREADING LIGHTLYFREEW&orEkvsehnotpss FEBRUARY - JUNE 2017 ECO-LIVING IN THE INNER WEST FEBRUARY Saturday 4 February 10am - 12pm Cooking from Your Garden Hosted by Strathfield Council Saturday 11 February 10am - 12pm Love Food Hate Waste: Eat Better & Meal Planning Hosted by Burwood Council Sunday 12 February 9am - 1.30pm City Cycle Confidence Hosted by Inner West Council Saturday 18 February 10am - 12.30pm Compost & Worm Farming Hosted by Inner West Council Saturday 18 February 12pm - 2pm Beehive Crawl Hosted by Inner West Council Wednesday 22 February 5pm - 7.30pm Green Cleaning Hosted by Inner West Council MARCH Saturday 4 March 9.30am - 11.30am New Plants from Old: Plant Propagation Techniques Hosted by Burwood Council Saturday 4 March 1pm - 3pm Pests, Predators & Parasites in the Garden Hosted by Inner West Council Sunday 5 March 10am - 12pm Composting & Wicking Garden Beds Hosted by Strathfield Council Saturday 11 March 10am - 12pm Natural Pest Management for Your Garden Hosted by City of Canada Bay All of it was brilliant. Thank you. Loved taking home some of what we made. Our group was great as well. Saturday 18 March 10am - 12pm Hand-stamped Gift Tags Hosted by Inner West Council Tuesday 21 March 6pm - 8pm Saving T-Shirts from Landfill (craft) Hosted by Inner West Council Saturday 25 March 10am - 12pm Crowd Saucing: Tomatoes Hosted by Inner West Council Saturday 25 March 10am - 12pm Indoor Plants: Healthy Indoor Homes Hosted by Strathfield Council APRIL Saturday 1 April 9am - 12pm Bike Maintenance Hosted by Inner West Council Tuesday 11 April 11am - 12pm Something Wild! with Australian Wildlife Displays Hosted by Inner West Council Wednesday 12 April 10am - 12pm DIY Kids’ Library Bags (ages 7+) Hosted by Inner West Council Wednesday 12 April 10am - 12pm Temporary Nature Art for Kids Hosted by City of Canada Bay Wednesday 19 April 10am - 12pm Make Your Own Beauty Products for Kids Hosted by City of Canada Bay Friday 21 April 10.30am - 11.30am Australian Animals Display: Taronga Zoomobile Hosted by Burwood Council Limited capacity - bookings are essential for all events Saturday 22 April 10am - 11.15am and 11.45am - 1pm Repair Café for Electrical Items Hosted by Inner West Council Thursday 27 April 6pm - 8pm Clothing Swap for Fashion Revolution Week Hosted by Inner West Council Saturday 29 April 10am - 12pm Basic Sewing: Mending & Reinventing Your Clothes Hosted by City of Canada Bay Saturday 29 April 10am - 12pm Healthy Cooking from the Garden Hosted by Strathfield Council Sunday 30 April 9am - 1.30pm Rusty Riders for Women Only Hosted by Inner West Council MAY Saturday 6 May 10am - 2pm Sustainable Basket Weaving Hosted by Inner West Council Sunday 7 May 9.30am - 11.30am Bushcare Tour Hosted by Inner West Council Saturday 13 May 9.30am - 11.30am No Dig Gardens Hosted by Burwood Council Saturday 20 May 10am - 12.30pm Living ‘Plastic Free’ Hosted by City of Canada Bay Sunday 21 May 10am - 12pm Yoghurt & Cheesemaking Demonstration Hosted by Strathfield Council Wednesday 24 May 6.30pm - 9pm Tipping Points Film Night: Permafrost of the High Arctic Hosted by City of Canada Bay Book Online JUNE Saturday 3 June 10am - 3pm Basic Furniture Repair Hosted by Inner West Council Saturday 10 June 10am - 12pm Chemical Free Cleaning Hosted by City of Canada Bay Sunday 18 June 10am - 12pm Garden Organic Pest & Disease Control Hosted by Strathfield Council Really enjoyed the class and cannot wait to get my own materials, so I can start to practise at home. More, more, more please, the workshop had us wanting to learn more. (Corroboree for Kids) Venue details will be provided at time of booking To book into a workshop go to: http://treading-lightly. Bookings for workshops will open on Eventbrite approximately 4 weeks prior to the event date. Due to the high demand, workshop participants must be from within the Burwood, City of Canada Bay, Inner West and Strathfield Local Government Areas. Please provide your address at time of booking. For further information (or assistance with booking) please contact the hosting council: Burwood Council 9911 9911 City of Canada Bay 9911 6555 Inner West Council Ashfield Service Centre Leichhardt Service Centre 9716 1991 9367 9381 Strathfield Council 9748 9999 Visit partner Councils’ websites for further information


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n Local Gigs n Local Screens Friday 27th January Jack Colwell ‘Outsider extraordinaire’ Colwell is hitting the social club with a full-band rock show to celebrate his sold-out performance at the Sydney Opera House Studio. Joined by Inner West favourites Elki and Okin Osan, this gig is serious value for money. TIFCRKEEETS mWoivniedopuabsslees It's a man's world: Ashton Sanders in Moonlight Newtown Social Club, $15.00 Arthouse favourite Moonlight Saturday 4th February Sunnyboys  Celebrating 35 years since their Even before its Golden Globes win, writer-director Barry Jenkins’ tale of a boy’s passage from childhood to maturity in a tough Miami neighborhood was being showered with debut album, Sunnyboys are love. Extravagantly so... and too much praise just makes back to play a series of shows some suspicious. Especially as this is about a marginalised exclusively made up of 1981 hits. young black gay man who has a tough life, and a lot of Let loose and take a trip back to the high-energy-pop Eighties. (It has to be better than 2016!) Enmore Theatre, $78.95 Be careful what you share" Perfect Strangers is a cautionary tale for the digital age Perfect Strangers “Digital disruption” takes on a new meaning in Paulo Genovese’s thoroughly entertaining comedy-drama. As a result of a dinner party dare that could only have been fueled by too many proseccos, a group of middle-class best friends decide to share everything incoming on their smartphones over the course of the evening – with disastrous results. The calls and texts start out innocuously enough, though with some Ciao’s pick: Patriots Day Mark Wahlberg, who plays a low-level cop (he’s also the film’s producer), pops up in just about every major twist and turn of the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt. That’s just about the only jarring note in Peter Berg’s (Deepwater Horizon) otherwise pitch perfect re-telling of the 2013 tragedy. Fortunately, its jittery camera follows others as well, and the cast is terrific. Even if you’re familiar with what happened, white liberal boxes are being ticked. Accordingly, the New York Times labelled it “the year’s best movie” – though its venerable critic A.O. Scott admits that he was left “trying to decide what it was about”. The deliberately obscure, though bold way Moonlight ventures into terrain seldom explored – the way our culture brutally molds men – is under no doubt. Like all brainy and challenging films it invites widely diverse responses, though some critics piling on the superlatives just seem confused. One suggested it had something to do with racism, though we never see a single white person so I’m not sure about that. But I did learn something concrete: what flashy drug dealers do with their gold teeth when they eat. Their dental hygienists will thank them for this – they take them out. M from Jan 26. Godot know what they are Saturday 4th February Waiting for Guinness Eighties pop not your thing? How about an act described as Garage Cabaret, Gypsy Punk and Gangsta Jazz – whatever that is. You might not be able to pick a genre, but you will certainly be entertained when this seven- clever scripting (and not a few contrivances), the it’s a viscerally thrilling story, respectfully told – ★ More local movies: – revelations dramatically escalate, and the couples as well as serving an intensely moving tribute soon discover more about each other and their partners than they ever wanted to. Predictably, to the city’s unsung heroes. M from Feb 2. WIN their lives fall apart – another thing to blame Apple and Google for! The talented line-up of TIXS! Italian thesps includes many names familiar to fans of Palace’s annual Lavazza Italian Film Festival (Marco Giallini, Kasia Smutniak and I Am Love’s Alba Rohrwacher). This witty and sneakily subversive film opened the 2016 Fest. If you missed it then, don’t this time. M from Jan 26. piece band takes the stage. Camelot Lounge, $22.90 n Thanks to Palace Films we have 10 double passes to give away. Details below. Mark Wahlberg: always centre frame A rags-to-riches tale with a twist Yabun Festival 2017 Want to join the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia? Of course you do. Held upon the traditional lands of the Gadigal people, Yabun (meaning ‘music to a beat’ in Gadigal language) Festival is a celebration of cultural survival featuring two performance stages, over 100 stalls and a number of tents dedicated to panel discussions, community forums and the showcasing of Indigenous cultures. There is also a dedicated Jarjum's (children's) tent. Gatherings such as these are traditionally held on January 26 to rejoice in the survival of Indigenous cultures in the face of European invasion. Yabun is a highly anticipated event that provides a positive space for audiences to celebrate, share, and immerse themselves in the world’s oldest surviving culture. n For the full line-up visit Gold Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey is the star of this rollicking mining drama, which is inspired by a real ’90s scandal. Directed by Stephen Gagan (Syriana), it’s the epic tale of one man’s pursuit of what we usually call “the American dream”, (fantasy really – getting rich off the backs of others). McConaughey, who sports an unfortunate bald patch and an unflattering paunch (reportedly from a diet of beer, cheeseburgers and milkshakes) plays Kenny Wells, a mining company executive whose company is going under. Desperate for a lucky break he teams up with a go-getting but enigmatic geologist (Édgar Ramírez) to look for gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Its a hard slog in the soggy heat and constant rain, but they do strike it rich, big time. But with much smarter Wall Street types circling, keeping that precious metal is way, way harder than just finding it. M from Feb 2. n Strike it lucky too! We have 5 double inseason passes to Gold to give away. Details below. Where: Victoria Park, Parramatta Rd and Pay a visit to the Indigenous Big Day Out City Rd, Camperdown Jan 27 – Mar 10 Pics in the Park Organised by the Inner West Council, Pics in the Park takes place each Friday night and runs from the January 27 through to March 10, with showings alternating between Pioneers Memorial Park, Leichhardt and Mort Bay Park, Balmain. Kicking off at sunset, each night will feature family-friendly short films before the advertised feature. The Park life 6 program begins with a special Yabun Movie Night as part of the 2017 Yabun Festival, featuring the Australian feature film Spear. While the events are free, there will be opportunity for a gold coin donation which will go directly to Twenty10 – a not-for-profit organisation that supports young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities. Visit Sat 28 Jan, 6.30-8pm Introduction to Urban Beekeeping Have you heard the news? Bees are awesome. Aside from working hard to create that glorious substance called honey, they also work to pollinate other species and even act as environmental indicators. When the bees are dying something is up with the environment. With all these cool benefits, why not have them in your backyard? This January the Explore the mother lode Green Living Centre is here to teach you the basics of urban beekeeping, hosted by our local beekeepers at the Graveyard Community Garden. (Perhaps the only type of farm we can manage in our tiny Inner West terraces.) Bookings essential, visit www. Where: The Graveyard Community Garden, 189 Church St, Newtown Ends Jan 29 From the Vault From the Vault showcase some of the masters of Indigenous art and one of the most exciting art movements of this century. With almost 2,000 works, the exhibition is diverse and powerful. This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with some Indigenous art pioneers. Visit Where: Kate Owen Gallery, 680 Darling St, Rozelle WIN DOUBLE MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win one of the double passes to Perfect Strangers or Gold just email your name and address to with telling us where you picked up your copy of Ciao. You can enter them both, but give us a preference. Remember your postal address! n Reviews – Russell Edwards


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n Your say What are your goals in the New Year? “You know that feeling just as you're contemplating starting a task (big or small) that you know will be rewarding eventually but is currently just daunting? My goal is to be better at recognising that feeling and accepting it as a challenge and not as a paralysis-inducing nightmare. Baby steps are ok.” Emily, Balmain “Listen to as much, if not more, music as last year. Make a meaningful contribution to someone else's life. Do something weird and out of left field, such as enter an eating competition!” Alex, Newtown “Umm, I haven't sat down and written mine out yet... maybe that should be my first goal.” Tony, Five Dock “Keep on keeping my life together and making sure I capitalise on the good work of last year.” Nick, St Peters “Mine are to trust my judgement and nurture my independence.” Sophie, Ashfield “I have never made a resolution in my life!” Isobel, Haberfield "Become more popular." Malcolm, Potts Point n Sustainability Cooks River People The wellbeing and preservation of the land has always been fundamental to Aboriginal cultures. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the traditional custodians of Australia and they created a complex system of land management, using controlled burning to plan plant growth and thus attract animals for hunting. They monitored and encouraged reproduction of different species in order to maintain biodiversity and balance. Nowadays, modern carers for land, such as Aboriginal rangers or councils, can pass on knowledge about country from generation to generation, as well as apply modern land management practices. The Sydney area was traditionally made up of the 29 clans of the Eora nation. Today, Aboriginal people from all over Australia live in Sydney and play a role in the protection of local water courses. In the Inner West, the Cadigal, Kameygal and Bidgigal people hold a particularly strong connection to the Cooks River, known as Goolay'yari meaning 'pelican'. Traditionally, it was a key source of food such as fish, turtles and shellfish. Following the arrival of Europeans, the number of Aboriginal people living off the river began dwindling because of massacres, settlement, industry, and disease. By the end of the 19th century no one could fish the polluted river, however Aboriginal people continued to live around the area. Today Aboriginal people continue to have a strong custodial role for the river, its history and its heritage. Local community members and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council have been involved in documenting and protecting local Aboriginal heritage sites, as well as educating others. In 2013 Barkindji and Arrernte artist Brendan Kerin worked with local school children, the Marrickville Aboriginal Consultative Committee and Marrickville Council to create story poles that were installed between Mackey, Aunty Jenny and Brendan Kerin with a story pole Steel and Kendrick Parks, along the Marrickville section of the river. The installation reminds people of the importance of the river and ecology to Aboriginal people of the past (barani), present (guwagu) and future (barrabugu). "For me the backbone of the poles was to give local children of all cultural backgrounds a connection to the river, as well as some pride, because if you are connected to an area you tend to look after it better," Brendan Kerin said. "I told them those poles would last for generations." "I always say, 'my backyard is your backyard'. If you live in the same village as me we can fix our village by working together." The Cooks River Alliance is a partnership of eight councils that has been monitoring the river since 2009. Thankfully, the river is now changing as wetlands are slowly restored and communities are reconnecting with the waterway. As the slow conversion to sustainable practices occurs in Sydney, Aboriginal knowledge provides unrivalled guidance for caring for the land. n Words by Lucia Moon More arrests as WestConnex protests continue Three women, including well-known journalist and activist Wendy Bacon, have been arrested during a protest against the demolition of homes in St Peters to make way for the WestConnex toll road. The arrests come after the fourth day of action in St Peters and just days after two activists were arrested protesting the removal of over 500 trees from Sydney Park to create space for the motorway. Two of the arrested were issued with infringement notices and released but Professor Bacon was held and charged. WestCONnex Action Group spokesperson Sharon Laura has alleged that police targeted Professor Bacon. “She was called by name by one of the arresting officers, and was taken away after she approached him to ask a question,” she says. Bacon, who was also arrested for entering enclosed lands at a WestConnex site in October last year, told Newtown Local Court she would be pleading not guilty. “I’ve always believed in peaceful direct action when community rights are denied. So I’ll keep standing with residents to protect communities from WestConnex,” says Bacon. The Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong, expressed concerns over the level of police aggression towards anti-WestConnex campaigners after visiting the Sydney Park site. “I witnessed an older woman being restrained and being forcefully pushed along by an officer, while earlier an older cyclist was thrown to the ground, dragged along the bitumen and roughly handcuffed so that both his wrists were cut by the metal – this is completely unacceptable,” she said. “The NSW Police Minister needs to urgently clarify what the role of the police is concerning the rights of citizens in NSW to peacefully protest. Are they at the beck and call of this private corporation and WestConnex contractors?” Was Bacon targeted by the cops? n Local news Relay For Life registrations open The 2017 Sydney Relay For Life, held in Rozelle’s King George Park, is just around the corner. The relay, taking place on the 11th and 12th of March, seeks to raise money and awareness for Cancer Council NSW through encouraging teams of walkers to register and generate donations from their friends and families. Balmain resident Catherine McLachlan has teamed up with her family from New Zealand to honour her father who passed away from cancer in 2009 by doing the relay. “There is so much to love about Sydney Relay. Not only can you set personal walking challenges for yourself – last year I made it to 50km – but it is also an opportunity to remember loved ones who have passed,” she says. Relay For Life Sydney will include live entertainment and fitness challenges. n To register visit VPA results in $10 million in pubic benefits Inner West Council negotiations regarding a Voluntary Planning Agreement have resulted in more that $10 million dollars in benefits, including four residential units to be transferred to Council for affordable housing, land transferred to Council for a public park along with the funds to develop the park, a strata unit to be transformed into a community room, improvements to facilitate access from the light rail station to the rail station at Lewisham and a cash payment of almost $1.1 million. Inner West Council Administrator Richard Pearson said the Council is very pleased with the outcome, particularly in comparison to the expected $4.5 million that would have been secured otherwise under the normal arrangements. (A Voluntary Planning Agreement refers to an agreement entered into with a developer in which the developer agrees to fund public amenities and services.) The greyhound at the wedding feast Newtown couple raises $3,000 Combining two issues close to their heart, Newtown couple Shelley Tinworth and Belinda Evernden managed to collect $3,000 for Greyhound Rescue by fundraising at their same-sex wedding. After travelling to New Zealand in December 2016 for the vows, they asked their 70 guests to donate funds to Greyhound Rescue instead of buying gifts. “Were it not for Greyhound Rescue, we would not have our beautiful girl, Piper, who brightens our life immensely, and gives us so much happiness and joy,” says Belinda. “As such, it was a no-brainer that in lieu of wedding gifts, we would ask for donations, as they need all the help they can to continue the amazing work they do.” Greyhound Rescue is a charity that aims to re-home discarded racing dogs in the face of the (now overturned) NSW greyhound-racing ban. n To donate visit The Australian Native Bee Book with Tim Heard NOW OFFERING Traditional Thai and Oil Massage $55 per hour Colour from $50 - $120 Hair Straightening from $150 Ombre $140 Seniors $45 Join Dr Tim Heard as he discusses his book on how to keep stingless Ladies’ Cut Men’s Cut $30 $30 bee hives in your backyard or on Seniors $25 a commercial farm. Primary school $22 Monday 6 February Unders fives $19 Balmain Library, 6:30pm-8pm Free event – All welcome Bookings online or call 9367 9211 Kid Friendly Formerly Pixies Hair Salon Closed Wednesdays and Sundays 88 Norton St Balmain Library Leichhardt 2040 10 370 Darling St, Balmain Ph: 8068 1888


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CANTERBURY Foodies & Farmers MARKET 2017 MARKET EVERY SUNDAY 9-2PM CANTERBURY RA RY BRING THIS AD TO OUR INFO DESK ON FEBRUARY 26TH FOR YOU TO BE IN THE DRAW TO WIN A MASSIVE MARKET HAMPER WORTH $500 THE WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED ON THE DAY Edwards Park E-Waste ‘Drop Off’ Recycling DayWellbankSt Greenlees Park Greenlees Ave EmpireAve Ian Pde Majors Bay Rd Salt St DATE: Saturday, 11 FebruaryJesse Stewart Reserve 2017 Broughton St TIME: 9am-3.30pm WHERE: Cintra Park car park, Crane St, Concord Rothwell Park What can I bring? kCeOyMboPaUrTdEsPR,atSper:rsiohnnatSertdrsd, sricvaensn, meros,nfitaoxress, Flavelle St and cables HOME ENTERTAINMENT: TVs, DVD Carannde St CD players, sound systems, games and consoles Queen Elizabeth Park HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES: irons, Concord Public School kettles, toasters, vacuums, oil heaters and power tools Burwood Rd Crane St Concord High School ENTRANCE Barnwell Park LyoGnsolRf dCoWuersset Cintra Park car park What can’tGodIdabrd ring? Park Gipps St WHITE GOODS: fridges, freezers, washing machines, dryers and air conditioners St Lukes Oval Cintra Park LIGHTING: fluorescent tubes and halogen lights HAZARDOUS WASTE: smoke detectors, chemicals, broken glass, CRT televisions and monitors St Lukes Park What else do I need to know? The e-waste ‘drop off’ day is free to local residents (please provide proof of residency). Pack your e-waste securely and drive safely. On arrival, follow the traffic controller’s instructions and do not leave your vehicle unless instructed. Staff will unload your vehicle for you. Only household quantities will be accepted. For more info visit: 1a Marlborough Street, Drummoyne NSW 2047 Tel 9911 6555 n PROMOTION Designer of the month Ciao’s designer of the month is Nancy Pattison of Indii swimwear, Australian made swimwear inspired by places rich in culture. Pattison’s vision is to create a label empowering women throughout the world. From the sandy beaches on the Mid-North Coast of Australia to the catwalks in Sydney and beyond, Indii is answering the call as a swimwear fashion label ready to make a difference. An Indigenous designer Nancy Pattison is inspired by her rich culture and is known as a go-getter within the industry. She creates swimwear that captures the essence of a bohemian, saltwater lifestyle. Unique textiles, distinguishable prints, the fusion of fashion and ocean, the continuous quest for the perfect bikini: these are the elements of Indii. Swimwear inspired by beauty, individuality, and confidence. Indii designs are fresh and free- spirited, but also a little wild and unpredictable. Indii will let you shine while you search for seashells by morning light and run free into the summery nights. Following on from Indii’s mantra of individuality and confidence, the Indii team also hosts ‘Saltsista’, a surfing and empowerment workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls living near South West Rocks in New South Wales. The program aims to promote lasting friendships and a healthy, as well as a culturally connected lifestyle, including Dunghutti language lessons, goal setting workshops and surf classes with surfing mentors. If you love the beach lifestyle and have been looking for swimwear that sparks your passion for hot days and balmy nights, match your summer spirit with an Australian made and designed one-piece or bikini swimsuit from Indii. You can shop Indii’s range and learn more about their ethos at: n If you would like to nominate a designer of the month contact: Indii stands for being an Individual Designed for your spirit.


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n TRAVEL Travel Languedoc Writeoff: Enjoy the best of the idyllic south of France without the crowds of Nice or the aggression of Marseille. Travel editor Winsor Dobbin enjoys the gourmet treats and laid- back charm of the Languedoc. xxxx xxxx Languedoc Rousillon is the south of France without the hustle and bustle – and the region around the delightful market town of Pezenas is an ideal base from which to explore the history of Carcassonne, the wines of Corbieres and a wide range of châteaux, cathedrals and abbeys. There is a street market with mouth-watering gourmet goodies, including local petits pâtés de Pézenas, small sweet/savoury pockets that were the original mince tarts. Several local vignerons have stands at the market to tempt visitors. While Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone produce some of the finest wines in the world it is actually Languedoc, in the deep south of the country, that is France’s most productive wine district. There are three times as many vineyards here as there are in Bordeaux and nine times as Scene One: We are sitting on the terrace of a beautifully restored old water mill on the banks of the sleepy River Herault. With some rooms dating back to 1313, the Moulin de Pezenas is a quite extraordinary place to stay. Newly refurbished in exquisite style, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom mill is impossibly stylish, set in remote countryside and surrounded by vineyards. It directly overlooks the river and a gentle waterfall. The terrace of this recognised historic monument is just delightful; sunny and tranquil – the ideal spot to wind down with a glass of local wine, some cheese, charcuterie and a fresh baguette. Fully equipped, totally private and with all provisions able to be provided ahead of your arrival, the Moulin de Pezenas is the perfect Languedoc base for several couples or a large family group. “You’ll find vines across the region...” many vines as in Burgundy. One in every 10 bottles of wine sold worldwide comes from here – and around 30% of all French wine – and quality is rising fast. Within an hour or two drive from Pezenas are the drawcard cities of Carcassonne, Narbonne, Montpellier and Beziers. Among the most familiar wine regions are Corbieres, Minervois, Banyuls, Fitoux, Limoux and St Chinian, although many wines are just labelled Vin de Pays d’Oc or Languedoc AC. You’ll find vines across the region from the Mediterranean to the Canal du Midi, passing through hilly, wildly-varied countryside. The Mediterranean climate and long, warm summers make the region popular with holidaymakers, particularly seaside resorts like Sete and the lively university town of Montpellier. Try to time your visit to Sete to coincide with one of the regular nautical jousting competitions (a huge tourist drawcard) on the Grand Canal. Rowing boats charge at each other, the jouster trying to knock his opponent into the canal with a lance. For those seeking a more peaceful rustic retreat, the lovely, peaceful hilltop town of Uzes, in the Gard department, is dotted with cute cafés and boutiques and is home to a terrific wine shop at which you can stock up on some still undiscovered local gems to bring home. Winemaker Jean-Claude Mas, known as the Arrogant Frog, is a huge promoter of the Languedoc region. “I came back here after travelling because I honestly believe it is one of the most beautiful regions in the world,” he says. “From oysters and apples to asparagus and veal, Scene Two: Our group is on a first-floor deck at family-owned Le Mas de Jeanne outside Marseillan, overlooking the Etang du Thau and the Mediterranean. The Etang du Thai is the biggest and deepest salt water lagoon in Languedoc and is famous for its oysters and mussels. After a tour during which the methods of farming seafood are explained in broken English by enthusiastic owners Annie and Henri Rouquette, we are matching the farm’s produce with a range of local wines. The ultimate gourmet chill-out. The only interruption is locals popping in to buy their fresh shellfish in bulk. the quality of the food here is as impressive as the wine,” he says. “It is a region that has still to be fully discovered by tourists – and that adds to its charm.” The four seasons here mean that Languedoc is a gastronomes paradise, with most dishes prepared with local produce. Their names are often in the Occitan language, formerly spoken throughout Languedoc. Think strawberries, cherries and wild asparagus, melons, onions, tuna and sardines, mushrooms, chestnuts, olives, saffron, truffles, and, of course, those Bouzigues oysters. The finest restaurant in the region, with the maximum three Michelin stars, is Auberge du Vieux Puits, run by celebrated French chef Gilles Goujon in the tiny mountain village of Fontjoncouse. More easily accessed is the superb two-star Le Parc, the domain of chef Franck Putelat in the centre of Carcassonne, one of the highlights of my trip late last year. But it is hard to eat poorly here; even a simple ham and cheese baguette somehow manages to taste magical. THE FACTS Etihad Airways and partner airline Virgin Australia offer daily one-stop flights from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney to 20 destinations in Europe, via Abu Dhabi. For bookings visit: or call 1300 532 215. The Moulin de Pezenas starts from €2,200 per week to €4,500 in peak season. Contact mill manager Babette at www. (an excellent bed and breakfast in Pezenas) or visit the website Scene Three: Dozens of wines to sample, two restaurants to choose from; Cotes Mas (also known as Domaine Nicole) is heaven on a stick for wine lovers. Innovative cuisine from Kévin Breugnot and his team is matched with wines from the Mas family estates (they own a dozen different estates in the Langedoc) in this impressive new first-floor eatery that overlooks the vines at Montagnac. Two luxury suites surrounded by vines and just a short stroll from the cellar door and restaurant offer an authentic wine country experience in a working winery. There is also a casual wine bar serving charcuterie and other local delights. Sit back and take in the sheer Frenchness of it all. 10


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n with Olivia Mackay, www.scoffandquaff. in the kitchen Honey Soy Wings This is my family’s go-to dish. Salty and umami, yet sweet and fragrant, these little wings are so worth getting your fingers (and chin) sticky for! The recipe is adapted from Charmaine Solomon’s classic Complete Asian Cookbook, wherein it is called Mut Jup Mun Gai Yik (aka Chinese honey-soy braised chicken wings). However, unlike Charmaine, I often like to bake the wings to give them a stickier, slightly charred finish. If you happen to develop an obsession with the sauce you can always make double the given amount and reserve half to serve alongside the finished product. Method 1. Preheat the oven to 190 C. 2. Cut the tip from the chicken wings. (These can be used to make stock.) 3. Place the wings on a baking tray in a single layer. Sprinkle over the five spice, if using. 4. Bake, turning once, until browned, for about 45 minutes. 5. While the wings are cooking, combine the soy, honey, wine/sherry, garlic and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for a few minutes or until slightly thickened. Set aside. 6. Remove the wings from the oven then pour off the Wing it! fat from the pan. Ingredients • 1kg free-range chicken wings • 1 tsp Chinese five spice (optional) • 5 tbsp dark soy sauce • 3 tbsp honey • 3 tbsp Shaoxing wine or dry sherry • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely grated • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, finely grated 7. Pour over the sauce and return the tray to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, being careful to not let the sauce burn. 8. Pile the wings onto a serving platter and pour over any sauces from the pan. 9. Serve hot with steamed white rice and Asian greens, or at room temperature. MARKET UPDATE n Fruit: Berries thrive in summer so make sure to indulge! There’s something for everyone with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, red currants and strawberries all going for $2-$6. Peaches and nectarines are fragrant at the moment and only $4-$10 a kilo. n Veggies: There’s nothing like a salad to accompany a BBQ. Red capsicums, zucchini and spanish onion are delicious. Add herbs, with basil, time and sage selling for $2-$4 a bunch. Thanks to Sydney Markets. Summer is salad days AT HOME WITH OLIVER HEATH Farm-to-fork chef Oliver Heath has ventured where no hipster would dare, planting a rustic, creative and sustainably minded menu in a Leagues Club (his restaurant The Garden is in Wests Ashfield Leagues Club). What does the ‘farm-to-fork’ ethos mean to you? By purchasing directly from Aussie farmers not only are we supporting the people who grow quality produce (cutting out the middle man’s margin), but we are ensuring the longevity of Australian farms for future generations. Farm-tofork to me is the future of food. At The Garden we’ve taken it one step further and have returned to traditional cooking techniques. The pizzas, for example, are made from fresh, house-milled flour and finished off in a traditional wood-fire oven giving a wonderful dimension to the flavour. What are your favourite local products? My favourite local products are native ingredients at the moment. I am in love with scrub cherries and Davidson plums. What cooking implement can you not live without? My Japanese tomato knife is a godsend; it’s become like an extension of my arm. Having travelled far and wide and worked in blue ribbon international restaurants, how do you rate the Australian food experience? Eating in Australia is phenomenal. Thanks to the quality of Aussie produce, we have some of the best restaurants I’ve ever dined in. What would you tell your mum to order at The Garden? I would recommend ‘The Farmers Plate’. It is a dish I am very proud of. With a cut of primary and secondary meat brought together with seasonal vegetables, it’s a nod to sustainability, nose to tail, seasonality, colour and flavour all on one plate. It changes from plate to plate and showcases that food is not about uniformity, it’s about creativity. For families, I’d recommend the range of traditional and innovative pizzas. The ‘Aussie prawns’ is proving a favourite and the ‘Potato, rosemary, shallot and goats milk cheese’, featuring the rare and delicious purple potato, is tempting the more adventurous palates. n Check out The Garden’s menu at: Chef at the garden of earthly delights Capricciosa pizza Ingredients 70g of Napolitana tomato sauce (add oil, salt, sugar, pepper, basil, garlic to sauce) 100g of mozzarella cheese 100g of thinly sliced ham 40g of mushrooms 70g of kalamatta olives Pizza dough: 1kg flour 5g fresh yeast 15g salt 2g sugar 600ml chilled water 70ml olive oil Finish with a sprinkle of oregano Method 1. Mix all dough ingredients together and knead. Let dough rest for 2 days, covered, in the fridge. Remove from fridge 30 mins prior to using. 2. Preheat oven to 240°C (220°C fan forced). 3. Oil oven or pizza trays, place in heated oven. 4. Roll pizza dough on floured surface into a 30cm (12-inch) round. Place on trays. 5. Spread pizza base with sauce, top with cheese, ham, mushrooms and olives. 6. Bake pizza for about 15 minutes or until base is browned and crisp. 12 Wine with Winsor n Slick sauvignon Toi Toi 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough sauvignon blancs have never been more affordable and wines like this one – fresh, aromatic and zingy – are terrific bargains. This is an excellent thirst-quencher with passionfruit/gooseberry notes to the fore – you wouldn’t mistake it for anything other than Kiwi savvy blanc. It has plenty of length and palate interest and would be good with shellfish. Toi Toi, in case you were wondering, is New Zealand’s native grass. $10.95. Special celebration Peter Lehmann 2012 Stonewell Shiraz Australia Day is around the corner and if you are looking for a special bottle to toast the date then wines don’t come much more Aussie than this Barossa shiraz made from grapes selected from the best fruit from Lehmann’s many grape growers – in this case three premium-low yielding vineyards. It is priced for a special occasion but it is the pinnacle of the Lehmann range with typically bold Barossa fruit along with layers of flavour and complexity. $80. Tassie gem Glaetzer-Dixon Family Winemakers 2016 Nouveau Tasmanian pinot noir is all the rage – and no one is hotter in the category than Nick Glaetzer, who crafts no fewer than four different pinots in a range of styles, ranking from this entry level and very classy quaffer to the Avance, the high-end Reveur and his new benchmark $220-a-bottle, La Judith. This is, thankfully, more affordable and made in a juicy, fresh, drink-now style along the lines of Beaujolais Nouveau, hence the name. $27. MELISSA Leong Heirloom connections Diving headlong into the first issue of Ciao for the year, we happen to coincide with Australia Day. For some, this day represents proud patriotism and for others a sense of sadness for the original owners of this land. Rather than getting distracted by the temporary tattoos and beachside snagfests, perhaps we should think about our own tribe and the sense of pride we feel for belonging to it. Sharing a meal with your people is a wonderful way to share a sense of belonging to each other, as well as pass on a story or two. Over the years, I’ve bared witness to loud, giant gatherings of friends, neighbours and their incredible families, some related by blood and other by choice. My Syrian sisters Sharon and Carol Salloum, owners of Darlinghurst’s Almond Bar, regularly host amazing family backyard barbecue stylings in Granville, full of thumping Arabic pop, the air thick with the smoke of grilling skewers of chicken as well as lamb koftes, on the barbecue as well as more dips than there is bread in the world to mop it up. Growing up, my neighbours, the Poulos family, invited my family to every birth, holiday and celebration to partake in whole-roasted spit roasted lamb, toothsome and rich with rosemary and garlic, working it off with furious circle dancing, followed by flaky, golden triangles of baklava to sweeten the celebration. Heirloom recipes, especially the ones that aren’t written anywhere and just need to be known in the head – and the heart – are the connection we have to our past generations and the lives they led. We almost all have a favourite dish our mother, father, or perhaps a grandparent made for us in our youth that brings us back there every time we smell it being made, or taste it again after a long time. Mine happens to be Hainanese chicken rice, with it’s rich, flavoursome rice, tender chicken and gingery shallot relish, a dish passed down by my Singaporean mother from hers. It remains the dish I crave the most when times are tough. So this Australia Day, might I suggest that instead of simply throwing another snag on the barbecue, that you perhaps consider using it as a reason to celebrate your tribe through cooking together the food that connects you, and perhaps passing on a food tradition or two to the next generation.


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n FEATURE “Australia is obviously very multicultural and moving from the Torres Strait Islands to Sydney was eye-opening, you see everyone from everywhere. Everyone expresses themselves a lot in their clothes and wears fashion differently” Aisha Bowie believes fashion can teach history Amalina Aman (centre) credits her aesthetic to her family’s nomadic lifestyle grounded! Ciao spoke with three creatives about how the cultures and places important to them have come to inspire their ground-breaking work. Amalina Aman Fashion designer and stylist My grandmother is the one who inspired me to become a fashion designer. Ever since I was a little girl she would make clothes for me in all soft materials. In high school I knew what I wanted to be, and my mother also wanted to be a supportive figure in my life. My grandmother and mother are my biggest influences. My parents are from the Christmas and Cocos Islands, not too far from Western Australia, and I was born and grew up in Port Hedland. We moved to Sydney in ‘95. We’re Islanders. My style and my signature pieces are inspired by the bohemian eras of the 1970s and 1980s, but Tahlia Bowie wears Aman’s designs every collection that I do I am always inspired by my heritage and culture. Port Hedland was isolated, I was growing up in the bush, so I love using the colours of the outback. My most recent collection was inspired by the Cocos Islands and tropical Australian summers. I used a lot of blues in flowy skirts and kaftans. I think my love of the bohemian style has grown because of the way I was brought up. My family came from the Cocos Islands to the mainland like nomads. They didn’t know anyone or have anything. I still remember my grandmother’s house was very rugged, with blankets, pillows and cushions on the floor. It’s also because as a designer I am very open-minded and spiritual which are values that were part of the 1970s. People recognise the bohemian influence and can identify that someone is wearing Amalina Aman. I want to have some piece of myself in every collection so that women feel special when they wear it. I think modest fashion is definitely growing bigger, mostly because a lot of the mainstream fashion houses have come to accept it. One of my friends, an Indonesian fashion designer, was the first to show a hijab at New York’s Fashion Week, in what must be one of the biggest achievements for modest fashion. I am one of the first Muslim Australian designers to be represented internationally and I also see a lot of big companies starting to collaborate with modest designers. A lot of ladies are open about wanting to be stylish in what they wear and it’s great to see a growing movement. n You can see Amalina’s collections at: Aisha Bowie Model and designer I grew up on Hammond Island in the Torres Strait, my parents are from the central and western parts of the Torres Strait Islands. I grew up and went to school there then moved to Cairns. That’s where I learnt more about the fashion industry and how a few designers had been pushing for more Indigenous fashion, especially from the Torres Strait Islands, with the raw materials they use. A couple of the materials I had never seen before. Then I looked into it and learned about how Torres Strait Islanders used it back in the day - I still want to keep learning. I moved to Sydney three years ago. Australia is obviously very multicultural and moving from the Torres Strait Islands to Sydney was eyeopening, you see everyone from everywhere. Everyone expresses themselves a lot in their clothes and wears fashion differently – Sydney is very out there. I am working in a fashion head office right now, and I‘m looking into becoming a buyer. As long as I am working in fashion, I will be happy – it’s such a great industry. I have been modelling on and off for a few years. My sister Tahlia got into it first. My Aunty Nancy in Cairns introduced her to modelling. She got my sister to go to a meeting with an agency manager and a photo shoot. I was in the car driving to work and my sister called and said, “They like twins, why don’t you come in?” I thought, “Ok, I’ll come along.” It was really interesting. I had never done anything like that before, it makes you respect the creativity of designers and their different backgrounds. What my sister and I bring to shoots is a different cultural experience, whether we are wearing clothing inspired by our own Indigenous Torres Strait culture or somewhere else. There’s a lot more to discover in regards to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait fashion. People are working out how to put artwork onto clothing and different ways to interpret history. With Torres Strait art, you can put lino print artwork onto clothing or use tortoise shell necklaces or anything related to the sea. I feel like I am wearing history. People can learn about history that way rather than through books. I think a lot of people will want to see more of Torres Strait Islander artwork, even if it’s modernised into fashion. I think a lot of collaborations are to come in the future between different cultures in Australia. n Aisha and Tahlia Bowie have their own design range, Bowie Empire, which incorporates Torres Strait Islander emblems with high-end street wear. See Warren H Williams Singer, musician and songwriter I’m from Central Australia, a Western Islander. I was born in a place called Hermannsburg, or Ntaria in the local language. Where I was born there are a lot of choirs and I grew up in music, my mum was in the choir, dad was in the choir, so when I was young my dad started a band for Williams is a living legend of Country music himself and since then I just tagged along with him and learned to play. When I was younger I didn’t just play one thing, I played anything that came along. You know, rock, reggae. But one night in college, I heard a song, a country song and thought, ‘I want to do that.’ I’ve been doing it ever since. When it came to country music, it was kind of luck really, just being in the right place. Back in the 1990s I did a song called ‘Waiting on the Rocks’ with John Williamson and it just took off from there. The country music industry has hardly any Aboriginal people in it, aside from Troy Cassar Daley at the top of the list, so it’s good to be involved. I’ve always worked in music and after awhile you want to try something different. That’s when they asked me to write an episode for an Aboriginal television series called Our Place. The series has no professional actors, just people here from the community, and I wrote and directed two episodes, which was fantastic. You see things from a different angle when you are an Aboriginal person. If something is written by a white fella and he gives you the script, you then read it as a black person and think ‘Oh, I’ll do this’. A lot of things that a white person would have written, you wouldn’t have agreed with, but you try to make it easier for yourself. Recently Dani Young and I were able to record an album in Nashville. I would really love to be able to go back and do another. Aside from that, my ultimate dream is to write an opera in my Aboriginal language. I have little bits and pieces from writing a musical in my language, so hopefully someone who understands opera will be able to turn the musical into an opera. I like to step out of the box, in Australia everyone seems to be in their box doing the same thing over and over but I get bored. I want to do something that will freak people out. When I was growing up a lot of young kids did rock and all that stuff, and I did country. It’s worked for me, going my own way, I’m nominated for a Gold Guitar this year. 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The Gamarada Boys opened the night The angels were singing Rain didn’t keep the Christmas spirit away Jo teaches last yoga class at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre Licensee Mark Chapman cuts the cake Helpers hold up brollies to protect the orchestra SNAPS! A rainy Carols on Norton didn’t stop the music and The Royal on Norton street hasn’t stopped for 130 years! 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Stars Inner Best CELEBRATING OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST Bay Bitch By Astrogirlzarro Aries Your ruling planet Mars accelerates this year, propelling you to take on new challenges. Luscious Venus helps revamp your image and attitude at certain points throughout 2017. Taurus You focus on finance above all else over the next twelve months. Venus and Saturn encourage you to reassess your long-term goals in a steady and subtle manner. Gemini Expect a fast-paced year with major developments relating to your career or public life unfolding over the coming months. Cancer ‘Preparation’ is the key word for many Cancerians in 2017. Move forward with stalled projects with the help of productive Mars and expect noticeable progress. Leo Leos will be in their element in the second half of the year when the Universe takes on a fiery quality. Home and family life are key areas where you take charge and thrive. Virgo If you are keen to establish permanent foundations in the relationship department, then 2017 could be your year, Virgo. Libra Lucky Jupiter inhabits your sign until October 2017, making any project you’re involved with a success. Scorpio Expect a major shift in October when Jupiter enters your sign. This is the ideal time to embark on a passage of personal growth. Sagittarius Sagittarians continue their phase of responsibility until December 2017. You will begin to reap the rewards of your efforts. Capricorn 2017 is an outstanding year for the Goat to go after their desires in the areas of career, travel or personal relationships. Aquarius Aquarians have the opportunity to develop career interests in the second half of the year under the Jupiter transit. Pisces Early 2017 begins with an emphasis on Pisces, thanks to the string of planets in your sign. This sets the mood for the next twelve months, coaxing you to develop your creative side. n The look of the moment Newtown barber Paul Tupola was chosen to be the hairstylist of Hollywood’s man-of-the-moment, John Boyega, in his role starring in Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. Paul says the gig was a matter of coincidence and bang-on search engine optimisation. Boyega’s manager was looking for a hairdresser in Sydney who could give the actor a ‘fade’ – a trending hairstyle involving a razor close cut on the sides of the head, fading to a thicker mop on top – before Boyega shot some scenes for Pacific Rim in Cronulla. Paul’s salon ‘Fadez’ came up straight away in the Google search and John Boyega and his stunt double were soon walking through its doors on King Street. “The manager checked out our page and was directed my way, as there aren’t many hairdressers in Sydney who specialize in cutting African hair,” Paul says. “Boyega was really easy going and it was obvious he is really passionate about his field of work, he was talking to me about it while I cut.” Boyega’s career-launching performance as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is the only Star Wars film Paul has seen. “Yeah, it was the first Star Wars I had ever watched, and then a few months later he rocked into the shop. It’s strange how things happen like that.” Paul has been a barber for five years and taught himself to style in his own backyard. When he perfected his look, he walked into Fadez Hair Salon and was offered a job on the spot. “We are different, because at Fadez we understand everybody has a different style and we really get on the same page with what the clients want, that’s our priority.” He says the ‘fade’ hairstyle is trending this summer, building into either a slicked back, or more textured and messy top. Extra street cred for lines cut into the side, à la Boyega. n Words by Phoebe Moloney in Child of the resolution Well it’s another year and another resolution! One I feel committed to adhering to so I can survive this mad world. My New Year resolution is to simply do things differently. Anything I can do differently, I will. You may be wondering why does she want to change everything? Well, it is quite basic, I’m bored. Given the old adage, “A change is as good as a holiday”, I hope I will be able to rescue myself from this boredom. When you reach a certain age it is inevitable repetition becomes more common and the feeling of déjà vu omnipresent. I want to change this so the excitement of the unknown and the unexplored comes back to me. Maybe this is how I can find my new lease on life. I certainly can’t find a new lease in the Inner West area, so this may have to suffice! I started officially this morning with a bike ride around the Bay. I have always walked it and never experienced sitting high in a seat and taking over a sportster. At last I could speedily pass someone and experience the pleasure of winning. Admittedly, the hills were harder but overall, to borrow the words of a millenial, it was ‘awesome’. I noticed Canada Bay Council is also changing its ways. Instead of completing a project – the divided foot and bike track before the footbridge on Timbrell Drive, for example – and leaving it at that, the council is now erecting sandstone monuments almost as big as the project itself (though nothing could be as huge as the footbridge) to inform passers-by of the so-called enhancements to the Bay Run. I guess they presume that if left to judge for themselves the sportsters may think that the metal fence that obscures the view of the Bay is actually an eyesore! Let’s do things differently, but change our practices where they count, so we can all ride high! Got Bay anecdotes? Message Tarot Readings and Counselling Joy Aimée - 30 years experience - Insightful & honest - In person, Skype and phone readings Call Joy: 0417 821 260 Email Joy: /TarotReadingswithJoy 22 TAROT with Joy Aimee Question from Mariana: Will I have a baby this year? Cards: Seven of Cups, The magician, The Empress Hi Mariana, I can see that you and your partner have suffered much disappointment in your quest to be pregnant (Seven of Cups). I am delighted to tell you that 2017 will bring happy news at last. There is an IVF practitioner who can help you (The Magician) and I feel that you will have to travel to see him. Any sacrifice of time and money will be worth it as this doctor is not only skilled, he is also compassionate. IVF can be a long journey but you will get pregnant in an early cycle. The Empress card promises a heathy and easy pregnancy and you will be cuddling your little baby girl by the end of this year. All the best, Joy. n For the full spread go to: TarotReadingswithJoy Send your question to Joy and she will ask the cards on your behalf. EMAIL READING: Only $15 for an email reading Your star sign is required. READINGS WITH JOY: These are by arrangement and are conducted face-to-face, by Skype or phone. 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